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It Exists! MIT Creates Tech For Moving Files Across Devices With A Swipe

It Exists! MIT Creates Tech For Moving Files Across Devices With A Swipe
Last week, we reported on a cool, if seemingly far-fetched, UI concept that’d let you drag files from your phone to your computer with a swipe of the finger. The idea is “so simple and clever, you wonder why it doesn’t exist already,” we wrote. Hours later, an email appeared in our inbox, subject line: “it exists!” The message came courtesy of Natan Linder, a PhD student in the Fluid Interfaces group at the MIT Media Lab. Here’s the amazing part: They didn’t hack the iPhone and iPad with IrDA transceivers or anything like that, which would’ve enabled the devices to detect each other in 3-D space, a la Sifteo cubes. Swÿp gathers information such as your phone and iPad’s approximate location (available via WiFi) and account details (via sites like Facebook or Gmail), then ties that information to a real-time gesture, the swipe (or Swÿp). Why should we care? List started Swÿp, then Linder jumped on board. [Images courtesy of Natan Linder]

Software and I: How to Manage a Self-Managing Team? As we all know, there’s no shortage in confusing and counter-intuitive ideas and practices in the Agile world, but the idea of a self-managing team has to be one of the best. Indeed, the idea that a manager can manage a self-managing team sounds oxymoronic at best, and at worst – plain moronic. In this post I will try to clear the air and explain what it means for a team to be self-managing, and what is the role of a manager of such a team. By the way, this post is the fourth in my series of Demystifying Agile. What Does It Mean to Self-Manage? A self managing team, or as it is sometimes also called, a self-organizing team, is, above all, a mature team. The first thing such a team does is to take charge of how they do their work, which is to say, they define the tasks they will have to complete in order to deliver the solution (requirement / user story / feature). In short, one must merely point them at a goal, and they will do everything needed to achieve it! What else? Wrong. Summary

BioDigital Human Console Recorder Finally...a "black box recorder" for the cockpit of your plant: the control room! The Longwatch Console Recorder automatically captures HMI, SCADA and DCS displays and provides you with live and recorded images of exactly what was on the operator displays at any point in time (including the mouse tracks). The Console Recorder is a great tool for: Reduced Downtime: don't dig through alarm logs, operator logs, trends and reports - just play back what the system was showing the operator and you'll know what happened and how to fix it. Troubleshooting: it aggregates and associates the information in various databases - by showing you that data the way the operator saw it! Training: Just like the pros: use console recording as "game films" to show best practices for procedures, startups and shutdowns. There are two versions of the Console Recorder: Value Edition - a basic screen recorder that provides live and recorded read-only images.

Google Glasses (Project Glass) : The Future of Human Computer Interaction? Google made waves on the Internet last month when it unveiled what it is calling Project Glass. The company released some press shots of what the product, Google Glasses, might eventually look like. Resembling a normal pair of glasses in terms of how the user wears them, Google Glasses does not have any lenses. Instead, it has a small tranparent device just over the right eye which serves as a means of displaying information in an overlay manner. Now that the dust generated by the initial furor last month has settled, we sit down and analyze whether Google Glasses is indeed the future of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and Augmented Reality or just hype. Project Glass – The YouTube Video On April 4th 2012, a teaser video was also released to give the world an idea of what using the glasses on a daily basis might be like. Of course, none of this is particularly noteworthy on its own. The features shown off in the video include: Project Glass – The Facts Project Glass – My View

Methods Map Showing results for Qualitative research Showing 1-20 of 859 items Back to top Choose from the "Show content" menu to display related content here. Getting the Most Out of the Research Experience Brian Roberts While each research situation is different and no book can fully prepare the researcher for what they experience – this book provides a guide to what may be expected. The Handbook of Social Work Research Methods Bruce A. "`Not so much a handbook, but an excellent source of reference' - British Journal of Social Work This volume is the definitive resource for anyone doing research in social work. The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Research in Psychology Carla Willig & Wendy Stainton-Rogers The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Research in Psychology provides comprehensive coverage of the qualitative methods, strategies and research issues in psychology, combining 'how-to-do-it' summaries with an examination of historical and theoretical foundations. Social Research is a bourgeoning field.

Poor man's MSOP soldering MSOP stands for Mini Small Outline Package, that means that width of 4 leads is just 2mm, exactly the width of a row in a stripboard... Let see how can we solder that though. On a piece of wood we tape carefully 4 thin wires. We start my taping one wire and then taping again a second one at a distance of 2mm, take as much time as you need, this step is crucial, place on top the MSOP to make sure they have the right separation. If you need to make any adjustments use the blade of a cutter to move the wire. We place the MSOP on top and we tape it, then make the necessary adjustments in the separations of the wires. Time to solder, use flux and apply the iron firmly as with any other SMD Once we have one side done we do the other side, this time it will be easier since the other half is firmly fixed, time to correct the separation of the wires too. Once we remove the tape we check the back of the IC to make sure all looks good and clean. And voila, the breakout board :)

How to Become a Focused Thinker In his book Focus: The Future of Your Company Depends on It, marketing consultant Al Ries gives a tremendous illustration: The sun is a powerful source of energy. Every hour the sun washes the earth with billions of kilowatts of energy. Yet with a hat and some sun-screen, you can bathe in the light of the sun for hours at a time with few ill effects. A laser is a weak source of energy. Focus can bring energy and power to almost anything, whether it’s physical or mental. Does every area of your life deserve dedicated, focused thinking time? 1. I’ve found that I need blocks of time to think without interruption. But since one lets us connect with people and know their needs, and the other lets us think of ways to add value to them, we need to value and give attention to both. 2. Once you have a place to think, you need the time to think.Years ago I realized that my best thinking time occurs in the morning. 3. 4. I believe goals are important. Be sure to write down your goals. 5.

Harvard cracks DNA storage, crams 700 terabytes of data into a single gram A bioengineer and geneticist at Harvard’s Wyss Institute have successfully stored 5.5 petabits of data — around 700 terabytes — in a single gram of DNA, smashing the previous DNA data density record by a thousand times. The work, carried out by George Church and Sri Kosuri, basically treats DNA as just another digital storage device. Instead of binary data being encoded as magnetic regions on a hard drive platter, strands of DNA that store 96 bits are synthesized, with each of the bases (TGAC) representing a binary value (T and G = 1, A and C = 0). To read the data stored in DNA, you simply sequence it — just as if you were sequencing the human genome — and convert each of the TGAC bases back into binary. It is only with recent advances in microfluidics and labs-on-a-chip that synthesizing and sequencing DNA has become an everyday task, though. Just think about it for a moment: One gram of DNA can store 700 terabytes of data.

The Lean Startup A startup is an institution, not just a product, so it requires management, a new kind of management specifically geared to its context. This context is one of extreme uncertainty. Startups are human institutions designed to learn whether a product or service serve a market or, in fact, whether the market exists at all. Traditional product development is about trying to create a solution to a known problem. By contrast, most startups have is they are trying to create a solution to an unknown problem. The Lean Startup methodology addresses these unknowns by proposing a set of management principles that seek to test assumptions and eliminate unknowns.

German student creates electromagnetic harvester that gathers free electricity from thin air A German student has built an electromagnetic harvester that recharges an AA battery by soaking up ambient, environmental radiation. These harvesters can gather free electricity from just about anything, including overhead power lines, coffee machines, refrigerators, or even the emissions from your WiFi router or smartphone. This might sound a bit like hocus-pocus pseudoscience, but the underlying science is actually surprisingly sound. We are, after all, just talking about wireless power transfer — just like the smartphones that are starting to ship with wireless charging tech, and the accompanying charging pads. Dennis Siegel, of the University of Arts Bremen, does away with the charging pad, but the underlying tech is fundamentally the same. The efficiency of wireless charging, however, strongly depends on the range and orientation of the transmitter, and how well the coil is tuned to the transmitter’s frequency. (See: How wireless charging works.)

12 Universal Skills You Need to Succeed at Anything Email There are a lot of skills you don’t need. You can be happy and successful without knowing how to rebuild a car’s engine, program a web application, or replace drywall. There are other skills, however, that can’t be avoided – skills that tie into various aspects of everyday life, that are not only useful, but totally indispensable. In this article we’re going to skip the super basic skills like reading, driving, and using a computer, and discuss twelve slightly more advanced skills that are woefully under-taught, and universally applicable. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. What did we miss? Photo by: Zack Schnepf If you enjoyed this article, check out our new best-selling book. And get inspiring life tips and quotes in your inbox (it's free)...

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